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Team Leaders

Great Team Leaders are Teammates First

We approach every project with a true collaborative mentality. Only by adopting a “We, Not I” mindset can we strengthen right partnerships — within our organization and outside of it — to exceed client objectives and strengthen our relationships in the commercial construction industry.

These seasoned leaders are responsible for building and maintaining strong client relationships and for growing capable, reliable teams that improve processes, speed delivery and support all facets of your commercial construction project.

  • Erin Valentine

    Erin Valentine

    Job Title
    Director
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    St. Louis University
    Bachelor of Arts
    Washington University
    Masters Business Administration

    Since joining McCarthy in 2001, Erin Valentine has worked closely with the firm’s clients and project teams to develop new solutions to enhance project delivery. Erin’s efforts encompass multiple initiatives within McCarthy's Central Region. She actively works within the education and commercial markets for hospitality, housing, office, entertainment and related developments, including leadership of efforts with state and local governments, particularly in the justice sector.

    In addition, Erin is actively involved with numerous industry organizations including US Green Building Council, Construction Management Association of America, Associated General Contractors of America, Commercial Real Estate Women Network, Society of College and University Planning, American Institute of Architects, Missouri Municipal League, Missouri Association of Counties and American Correctional Association.

  • Paul King

    Paul King

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    San Diego
    Education
    University of Cincinnati
    Bachelor of Arts Business Administration

    Paul King is responsible for maintaining client relationships, developing the strategy for project pursuits, building strong project pursuit teams, and seeking out new business opportunities in the San Diego region. He brings nearly 13 years of experience in the construction industry.

    In addition to his responsibilities with McCarthy, Paul is a former board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Orange County and served as a committee member for Design-Build Institute of America Western Region. He also leads McCarthy’s Heart Hats philanthropic focus in San Diego.

  • Chris Nickle

    Chris Nickle

    Job Title
    Senior Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    Montana State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Engineering

    As Senior Vice President of Operations for McCarthy in the Southwest, Chris Nickle is responsible for healthcare, renewable energy, parking and other public projects in the region. Since joining McCarthy in 2000, he has accumulated a wealth of experience in complex construction projects with an emphasis on the healthcare sector and public projects. He has also been instrumental in expanding McCarthy’s solar construction team from a total of 21 MW projects in 2010 to more than 600 MW today.

    Chris is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Central Arizona Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Arizona Builders Alliance. In addition, he is a board member for East Valley Partnership. Chris was named one of the “Top 20 under 40” professionals in 2014 by Engineering News-Record Southwest.

  • Al Carroll

    Al Carroll

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Rutgers University
    Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
    Bachelor of Arts Business Administration

    Alan Carroll is an Executive Vice President for the firm’s Southern California Division, overseeing McCarthy’s Parking Structure Business Unit in the region. Under his guidance, McCarthy has become the leading parking structure builder in the state, delivering parking solutions for healthcare, commercial, education and government clients.

    With nearly 40 years of construction industry experience, Al has spent more than 26 of these with McCarthy, beginning his career as a Preconstruction Director and moving up to his current position. An expert in both traditional general contracting and design-build project delivery, he understands the unique challenges of parking construction projects and brings this expertise to bear on every project.

    In addition to his role with McCarthy, Al is a certified member of the Design-Build Institute of America.

  • Aaron Alhady

    Aaron Alhady

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Sacramento
    Education
    California State University, Chico
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    A 30-year construction veteran, Aaron Alhady is responsible for securing new business and fostering relationships with clients throughout the greater Sacramento region. Aaron joined McCarthy in 1989 where he worked in the operations department for the company's Southern California and Sacramento offices, serving clients in the healthcare, higher education, K-14, parking structure and hospitality, markets.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Mike Gonzalez

    Job Title
    Director, Preconstruction
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    Arizona State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    Mike Gonzalez oversees McCarthy’s Integrated Design Delivery process in the Southwest, including design integration, constructability and design reviews, dynamic estimating, trend log management and virtual design and construction. During his 25-plus year career, he has worked with clients in a variety of industries including life science, infrastructure, manufacturing, industrial, power, hospitality, healthcare, commercial, parking, high-technology and higher education. His experience also includes more than 20 years as a specialty subcontractor installing process mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems maximizing prefabrication and modularization of systems.

    Mike has served for more than 28 years as a United States Army Engineer officer, where he is currently a colonel in the Arizona Army National Guard commanding the Regional Training Institute. A LEED Accredited and DBIA Professional, he is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Design-Build Institute of America, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, and Alliance for Construction Excellence, and serves on the Industry Advisory board for Arizona State University E. Webb School of Construction and Western Maricopa Education Center HVAC program.

  • Nick Sandersfeld

    Nick Sandersfeld

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    San Jose
    Education
    Iowa State University
    Bachelor of Science Marketing
    Bachelor of Science Natural Resource Ecology & Management

    Nick Sandersfeld is responsible for pursuing projects and meeting the evolving needs of clients in the greater San Jose area, with a focus on industrial, laboratory, corporate office, parking structure, educational and government facilities. He brings more than a decade of business development and marketing experience in the Santa Clara area construction industry to his role as director of business development at McCarthy. In addition to his responsibilities at McCarthy, Nick is actively involved in NAIOP, CoreNet Global, Urban Land Institute, RECON, SPUR and non-profit organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and Rebuilding Together.

  • Tad Lewis

    Tad Lewis

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Houston
    Education
    Texas A&M University
    Bachelor of Science

    Tad Lewis develops and maintains business relationships with clients and partners in the Houston area and throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. With more than 38 years of experience in the construction industry, Lewis offers knowledge of educational and liturgical facilities, retail complexes, healthcare facilities, commercial office buildings, hotels, museum and fine arts, retirement communities and multi-family housing. His extensive experience includes estimating, subcontract negotiations, project administration, cost control and scheduling. 

    A LEED Accredited Professional, Tad has served as a board member of Rice Design Alliance, Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Houston Chapter and AGC Houston. He is also active in NAIOP, CoreNet, USGBC, AGC, CHPS, CEFPI, SMPS and ULI.

  • Michael Benford

    Michael Benford

    Job Title
    Manager, Business Development
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    University of Southern California
    Bachelor of Science Psychology
    Minor Business Administration & Communication

    Michael Benford is responsible for leading initiatives for the Commercial Business Unit and Parking Structures group in Southern California with a focus on numerous markets including entertainment, transportation, private development and science & technology. Michael has more than five years of experience in the construction industry, in roles ranging from project engineer to business development. In addition to his current responsibilities at McCarthy, he serves as a board member for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and Design-Build Institute of America.